One of the North East’s leading healthcare law firms has secured its place on three prestigious National Health Service (NHS) frameworks for a further four years.

In what was a highly competitive process, Ward Hadaway’s wealth of experience in healthcare law has earned the firm a coveted position on the HealthTrust Europe, NHS Commercial Solutions and NHS Shared Business Services legal services frameworks, strengthening its position as a leading legal partner of choice for NHS organisations across England.

The legal services covered by the framework span a wide range of services, including employment matters, procurement, inquests, Private Finance Initiatives (PFI), regulatory compliance, estate management, commercial, and insolvency legal matters.

Across the North East, Ward Hadaway works with several NHS trusts including Tees and North East Yorkshire NHS Foundation Trust, County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust and North East Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust.

Melanie Pears, a partner, healthcare lead and Head of Public Sector at Ward Hadaway, said: “We are incredibly pleased to have been selected for all three of these important NHS frameworks.

“It is a triple endorsement of the breadth and depth of our highly skilled team’s expertise and experience.

“It further highlights our capabilities to navigate the complexities of the healthcare legal landscape effectively and deliver innovative and high-quality legal services to our NHS clients.”

Ward Hadaway has a dedicated NHS team that consists of over 100 legal healthcare specialists.

The team acts for NHS organisations nationwide from the Scottish Borders to Cornwall, including acute, mental health and community trusts, emergency services and Integrated Care Boards (ICBs) and Commissioning Support Units (CSUs).

A spokesperson at HealthTrust Europe said: “HealthTrust Europe is committed to helping healthcare organisations, including the NHS, achieve sustainable cost reductions while improving quality and patient outcomes.

“Part of our approach to achieving this includes choosing partners who consistently demonstrate excellence in their service.

“Ward Hadaway stands out for their comprehensive expertise in various categories such as service specialisms, contract management, and social value.

“This distinction highlights the firm’s dedication to providing exemplary legal services to the NHS and the wider healthcare sector.

“We are confident that, with the team’s vast experience and specialist knowledge, Ward Hadaway will bring significant value to our efforts of driving improvement and efficiency in healthcare provision across the country.”

The announcement follows a recent national award win by the Ward Hadaway healthcare team at the British Legal Awards. It was named Strategic Legal Operations Team of the Year for the PFI Monitoring service it provides to the NHS.

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